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Kathryn D. Garber - Diamond Jubilee Outstanding Alumnus
Bachelor of Music - 1984
Master of Music - 1988
Although six years have passed since Katy Garber graduated from UW, she returns to Laramie from time to time for lessons and coaching in upcoming operatic roles. The mezzo-soprano still looks to Frederick and Joan Gersten of the Department of Music for suggestions and guidance, both in professional singing and teaching.
Garber began at UW as a pre-med student. But in several elective music classes, teachers recognized her considerable talent. With their encouragement, she decided to change her major, and completed both a bachelor's and a master's degree in music. Her professional career began while she was still a graduate student, and has blossomed ever since. She has performed at some of the great opera houses in the United States in such operas as Madame Butterfly, Don Giowanni, and Rigoletto. She has received grants and awards in recognition of her talent, including the Richard F. Gold Grant, and was the first place winner of the Denver Lyric Opera Grant, a national finalist at the Houston Opera Studio and the Palm Beach Opera, and a regional finalist at the Metropolitan Opera Auditions and the NATSAA. Garber combines her professional career with teaching at a junior college in Texas. She says, "A favorite UW memory would have to be singing in the Opera Theatre production of The Old Maid and the Thief. During one performance, we all broke into uncontrollable laughter and missed several minutes of music trying to collect ourselves! Mr. Gersten was trying to put on a stern face, but he was laughing as hard as we were. Other members of the music faculty, particularly Professor Carlyle Weiss, my collegiate choral director, made it no easier with their raucous laughter emitting from the audience! I will never forget that experience, and it still brings tears of laughter to my eyes."